Obaseki Blows Hot, Reads Riot Act

By Ikenga Chronicles December 11, 2016

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said that his government would not indulge in frivolities nor play to the gallery in the implementation of government policies and programmes.

Obaseki stated this over the weekend at the end of the three-day strategy dialogue with permanent secretaries, political class, members of the civil society among others in Benin- City.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that the government under my leadership will not indulge in frivolities neither will we play to the gallery”.

Obaseki assured the participants that the reports of the six thematic groups would be comprehensively looked into, studied with actionable projects and programmes extracted for implementations.

“Just as I will be evaluated and assessed by the people of the state at the end of my first tenure in office.”

“I will cut wastefulness and unwarranted expenditure through efforts at running a transparent, accountable and prudent government to free up resources to enable the implementation of most of the projects identified by the participants at the workshop”.

According to him, “Our promise from the beginning was that we are going to stop and desist from a situation where contractors and service providers will be the one defining government agenda and policies”.

He said, “The plan was to build consensus. So we have built general consensus at high level across six thematic areas. Over the next six weeks we will prioritize each of those thematic areas.”

He added: “Over the next six weeks, we now need to galvanize each of those thematic areas. So, we will have sessions like this, focusing on specific things and bringing them down to actionable steps.”

“So, we will now decide which programmes, what do we have the money for, when do we get what done, the timelines and who will be responsible.”

“And this will be done before commissioners and other political appointees are made. We will know the requirements before we appoint people, and after appointing them, we will have specific deliverables for them to achieve.”

He, however, commended all the participants for sparing their time to participate in the seminar and to contribute their knowledge and experience for the development of the state.

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